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Biden administration hit with complaint from Black immigration groups over Haitian migrants

By Gerren Keith Gaynor Sep 25, 2021

The Biden administration remains the target of intense criticism from Black and Haitian communities amid fallout from the mistreatment of Haitian migrants at the Del Rio, Texas southern border — even as President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and other administration officials, expressed their abhorrence at what transpired and touted the ongoing internal investigation at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Op-ed: I became a U.S. citizen thanks to this little-known federal program

The Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act is a litmus test for future programs.

BY YATTA KIAZOLU

SEP. 13, 2021 5:27 PM PT 

Kiazolu is an assistant professor of Global and International Studies at University of California, Irvine and a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. She is a staff member at African Communities Together and a member of the UndocuBlack Network, which both provide resources for Liberians seeking LRIF and lives in Los Angeles.

Black immigrants have been left out of policy decisions for too long, organizers say

President Joe Biden recently vowed to put $107 billion toward immigration initiatives. Organizers say it’s time those efforts prioritize Black immigrants.

Aug. 24, 2021, 6:21 AM EDT

By Char Adams

Shamira Ibrahim has experienced homelessness, a nerve-wracking trip across the U.S.-Canada border, struggles to obtain visas, poverty, a run-in with the criminal justice system and major financial hurdles as a result of being an East African immigrant.

Black Star News: Advocates Urge Biden to Fix LRIF

AUGUST 12,2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly 150 immigrant rights organizations, led by the LRIF Strategy Group, sent a letter to the Biden administration today urging officials to fix critical flaws in the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) program. 

Black immigrants push for protections as Juneteenth is honored

By Suzanne Monyak

Posted June 18, 2021 at 12:07pm

Hours before President Joe Biden signed legislation making Juneteenth a federal holiday, advocates seeking humanitarian protections for undocumented immigrants from Black nations ramped up calls for action.

“Today, as we are looking into celebrating Juneteenth, we want to take the time to honor our ancestors who paid the price for us to be here,” Guerline Jozef, president of the Haitian Bridge Alliance, said on a press call.

Documented Talks: “Immigration Matters,” Strategies for a Future Immigration System

While there is bipartisan agreement that the current U.S. immigration system is broken, the book, Immigration Matters, Strategies for a Future Immigration System, lays the groundwork for a progressive path forward. This was the topic for Documente’s third-panel discussion on Immigrant issues: How do we build a more humane immigration system?

PUBLISHED ONJUN 10, 2021 7:00AM EDT

Rommel H. Ojeda@cestrommel

CUSP to U.S. Senate: “No More Temporary Solutions. Pass Permanent Legislation to Protect TPS Holders Now!”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2021

CONTACT
Jeralyn Cave, Jeralyn.cave@gmail.com, (412) 682-0798
Asha Noor, asha@africans.us, (202) 420-9744

WCNY: Language Barriers to Government Services (Amaha Kassa)

Breaking down language barriers to government services

by DAVID LOMBARDO

February 5, 2021

Feb. 5, 2021 – For many New Yorkers, English is not their native language which can lead to them not getting the help or resources they need. We discussed the issue with Amaha Kassa, Executive Director of African Communities Together.

Virginia Immigrants Hit Hard By Pandemic Fear Eviction, Housing Squeeze

April 26, 2021

Pam Fessler

The Southern Towers apartment complex in Alexandria, Va., —right outside Washington, D.C.,—is like a city. It has five massive high-rise apartment buildings, along with its own bank, dry cleaners, and 7-Eleven.

Buses stream through the parking lot, constantly picking up and dropping off tenants, who use the transit system to get to work at nearby office buildings, hotels, restaurants, and nursing homes.

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